JP 1.1- Maimonidian Thought This course will focus on the philosophy of Maimonides, the Rambam. Portions of his works will be analyzed to reveal his approach to topics such as belief in G-d, man’s ultimate purpose, reward and punishment, and the interpretation of Midrash.
JP 1.2- Medieval Jewish Philosophy This course will focus on medieval Jewish philosophers, such as Yehuda HaLevi, Maimonides and Bahya Ibn Pequda. Portions of their works will be analyzed to reveal each philosopher’s approach to concepts such as belief in G-d, creation, man’s intellect and his purpose in this world.
JP 2.1- The Genesis of Justice A systematic reading analysis of the stories of Bereishith, which seeks to uncover what each teaches us about the concept of justice. Humanity before the giving of the Torah was without systemized rules of justice; these stories will help us understand the need for certain missvot to develop a society ruled by justice.
JP 6.1/KT 6.1- Job and the Problem of Evil The aim of this course is to study the Book of Job in order to better understand the age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” This will be done through a detailed analysis of Job’s trials and tribulations, as well as the words of “comfort” offered by his friends.